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At Home Learning Through The Arts

At Home Learning Through The Arts

For the past 25 years through its Learning Through The Arts (LTTA) division, The Royal Conservatory has continued its leading role in the development of arts-based methodologies that meet the learning needs of young people across Canada working with teachers to reclaim the productivity and positive relationships that are the hallmark of the best classrooms. Given these unprecedented times, we have also developed a resource that supports math learning at home. 
MathBeat is a program for students in Grades 4 to 8. Using an innovative web app, students learn about fractions, ratios, and unit rates while they create and analyse rhythms and melodies. The math content has been vetted by an Ontario math specialist.

Please watch the videos and then try our beta version.

YouthBeat taps into two things that many students love: today’s music and technology. Successfully piloted in First Nations communities, YouthBeat is an iOS iPad app and teacher resource program that was created for generalist teachers and has been designed to boost engagement with music, language arts, social studies, and math.

Download the free YouthBeat iOS app on your iPad. Please note, this app is only available on the iPad.

Developed with Indigenous Elders, Artists and Knowledge Keepers from across Canada, Walk the Circle is a professional learning program that assists educators in respectfully and appropriately teaching about Canada’s First Nations.

Students in Grades 4-8/Ages 9-13 can explore the DNA of music and their inner and outer worlds in ten fun-filled episodes uploaded each week.

Episode 1 – What Is Sound?

Explore the nature of sound as both a physical phenomenon and a matter of individual perception. Take part in the sound and wellness exercise towards the end of this episode, which you and your family can do together.

Download the free YouthBeat iOS app on your iPad. Please note, this app is only available on the iPad.



Episode 2 – Science of Sound

Discover the science of sound and how your body plays an essential role in listening. Towards the end of the episode, there is an exercise that you and your family can do!

Download the free YouthBeat iOS app on your iPad. Please note, this app is only available on the iPad.



Episode 3 – What is Music?


Episode 4 – Beat and Rhythm


Episode 5 – Storytelling


Episode 6 – Heartbeat and Song


Episode 7 – Music and the Senses


Episode 8 – Music and Identity


Episode 9 – Your Brain on Music

Episode 1 - Lauren Percival​


Episode 2 - Nirmeen Ahmed​

Pass the Drum Series

Drawing inspiration from the Walk the Circle program, Pass the Drum is an anthology series for students of all ages to explore the history and different perspectives of Indigenous culture through drum songs and stories. The beating of the drum reminds us that all human beings have a heartbeat and through that heartbeat, important teachings emerge that connect us to our ancestors. This spiritual connection helps us to express, create, and make a change in our communities. In each episode, you will meet and hear from different Indigenous artists and Elders across Turtle Island.

Click the plus signs to learn more about the artists featured in the Pass the Drum epsiodes.

Episode 1
In this episode, Candice Halls-Howcroft, a proud member of the Squamish Nation, tells the story of how she received her grandfather Khot-La-Cha’s drum and the important teachings that came with it.





Episode 2 - Part 1
In this episode, we meet Ntle’kepmx Elder Nk'xetko (Mary Jane Joe) who shares some of her drum teachings from her home in Musqueam. Nk'xetko is happy to continue on the wonderful stories that have been passed down to her from her Mother, Father, and Grandmother.





Episode 2 - Part 2
Elder Nk'xetko shares a drum song that came to her on the spot while working with the youth at Urban Native Youth Association and tells us how we must listen to our hearts to hear the songs of our ancestors.




Episode 3
In this episode, we meet Chantal Chagnon who is Cree, Ojibwe, and Métis. Chantal zooms in from Calgary, Treaty 7 territory, to share the story of her first drum and the importance of using the teachings to find the leader within.





Episode 4
In this episode, Elder Yeltsilewet (Faye Halls) from Squamish Nation shares the story of Mary Capilano, her grandmother, as passed down to her from her father Khot-La-Cha.





Episode 5

The story of Raven and the Blackberries was originally shared by Uncle Louis Miranda of Squamish Nation, told in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and translated into English. This iteration is a collaboration between Six Nations artist Artie Martin and Squamish Nation artist Candice Halls-Howcroft.

What do you notice? What do you question?

This video will inspire you to look at the similarities and the differences in Indigenous Culture while also learning an important lesson.





Episode 6

In this episode, we meet Cheyanne Halls-Howcroft, a proud member of Squamish Nation. Cheyanne shares stories about how working alongside her mother and grandmother have strengthened her understanding of what it means to be Sḵwx̱wú7mesh. Her mom Candice also makes a cameo telling us why she felt it was time for Cheyanne to have her own drum.




Episode 7

In this episode, we travel to Vancouver Island where we meet Nate Harris from Stz’uminus who shares some important leadership tips and protocols around the drum. Nate is also a self-taught guitar player and recently released his single 'Precious You'. Nate joins us from his home to perform a drum song, as well as singing and playing guitar.




Episode 8

In this episode, we head to Toronto (Tkaronto - the dish with one spoon), the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island to meet Nyame Outten-Joseph, a 2Spirit Afro-Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Artivist and aspiring Educator.




Episode 9

In this episode, we head back to Vancouver Island to meet Ecko Aleck. Ecko is a multimedia performing artist working through the disciplines of spoken word, rap, and singing. Ecko was born into the Nlaka’pamux Nation and raised with the Shishalh Nation. She combines traditional with contemporary and is passionate about working with youth, providing them with the tools to express themselves.




Episode 10

In the final episode, Cree, Ojibwe, and Métis artist Chantal Chagnon joins us again to share some very important teachings around making your first drum and the different types of drums used by different Nations.

MathBeat resources are primarily designed to support educators who are conducting math work sessions remotely with their classroom. We have ten resources currently in development which will cover operations related to proportional reasoning, with units focusing on fractions, unit rates, units, ratios, and proportion and symmetry in geometry.

They are structured in three-part lesson plans with Minds-On, Activity, and Reflection/Self Assessment/Application sections and support key math learning.

Review the Fractions beta version unit

Review the Unit Rate beta version unit

Also, please, visit the Parent Resources section to view the videos about MathBeat and YouthBeat